Detective James Oden, with the Jacksonville Police Department, said Margie Benge was participating in the rally with members of Our Lady Sorrows Catholic Church around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in front of the Jacksonville Public Library on Jackson Street.
According to police reports, a sedan driven by 19-year-old Matthew McCauley of Bullard struck Ms. Benge while she was sitting in a chair holding a sign, Oden said.
The car then dragged her for about 25 feet, hit a boat attached to a trailer, then came to a stop.
Ms. Benge was taken to Mother Frances — Jacksonville before she was air lifted to Mother Frances in Tyler. She is currently in ICU and listed in critical condition.
Oden said the 19-year-old told officers he fell asleep at the wheel when his car crept up on the sidewalk. He voluntarily submitted to a blood test. He was uninjured.
At this time no charges have been filed.
“It depends on the outcome of the blood test if charges will be filed,” Oden said.